Offline GPS Navigation, Traffic & Maps by Karta - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

We have an experienced group of developers from all areas (iOS, Android, and core). Although with more than 15 years of history it’s expected to have some rotation, the main core developers have been with us for a long time. NDrive tries to attract both new and seasoned talent.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

It’s not a mystery that the number of tier 1 navigation apps is very low. The reason is that the routing algorithm is one of the most complex ones, and requires constant improvement.

NDrive, was founded as a spin-off of a digital map business in 2007, has headquarters in Porto, Portugal, and offices in Shenzhen, China. Owned and managed by its founding entrepreneurs, leading a talented and dynamic team of 50 people with in-depth knowledge on Navigation and Location software. The company is highly cost and capital efficient.
NDrive has developed a customer base of several million active users in more than 50 countries. Is well positioned to capitalize on high-growth markets wherever they may be. Our most recent B2C application, Karta GPS, which uses data from OpenStreetMap, is being exceptionally well received and reviewed in multiple diverse markets worldwide.
NDrive is currently on of the last fully-independent location-based solutions provider.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

As a company that provides location-based solutions, we love apps that somehow provide an added value to the user’s daily life, such as Karta GPS. Apps like TripIt, TripAdvisor, Moovit and komoot are also amongst the favorites in the office.

How long have you been working on this app?

Karta GPS was launched in late 2016, but its core engine is being developed and improved since 2007. Since then, we also launched a few regional apps that are more adapted to specific regions, like Karta GPS Germany.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We look at it as a commodity, an app that the user installs and keeps using on a daily basis, whether it being to escape from traffic on its daily commuting or to be used as a travel companion abroad, without running into expensive data costs.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

NDrive as a company is one of the few independent location-based solutions providers, and that comes with a price tag. Being always among big sharks of the industry helped a lot in terms of the product roadmap. That being said, Karta GPS tries to offer a premium experience by running without 4/5G, and at the same time allow the user to have some degree of customization.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

A new core version is currently in the oven, and we are very excited about that. It will be out in the first months of 2022, and users can expect a completely new experience with a fully redesigned app, that will offer new features, consistent with the user requests we have had so far. It will be our most advanced B2C product, so far.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Please use all the channels available (Social Media, in-app support, Website) to let us know where can we improve. And also, many thanks for helping us offer coffee to our developers. They deserve it.

Offline GPS Navigation, Traffic & Maps by Karta

About App:

The most customizable GPS Navigation app in the world!
Download any map in the world or individual US State, customize your GPS Navigation experience with a funny voice and navigate on-screen using a sports car, a police vehicle, or even a spaceship.
Every road map is free and allows you to navigate offline without an internet connection with detailed turn-by-turn driving instructions.
On this version, you will also get speed and radar alerts with LIFETIME updates, live traffic alerts, and a comprehensible on-screen speedometer.

? No costs no worries. Go anywhere without depending on an internet connection. Download any map, they’re all free.
? Beat the traffic. Our live traffic service finds faster routes and avoids traffic jams.
? Safety cameras alert. Know when you are approaching a speed radar.
? Customize it. Enjoy your navigation with customized navigation icons and/or a funny voice!

Karta GPS USA is an efficient turn-by-turn GPS navigation app that also includes:
?️ Enriched OpenStreetMap (OSM) maps - Free road maps to download and use at any time;
? Full voice guidance with spoken street names;
? Automatic rerouting as traffic conditions change on the road;
? Add a stop and don’t just navigate from point A to point B
? One-box search: find everything faster;
? Voice search;
?️ Choose where to go for dinner, learn about the prices and reviews and make a reservation while getting the directions;
?️ Lane assistance for those complex highway exits;
↪️ Several alternatives for each calculated route;
?️ Find a parking spot as soon as you reach your destination;
? Find and navigate to any point on the map.
? Send your estimated time of arrival to those you’re meeting (ETA);
?️ Walking directions & tourist attractions;
? Share with friends via Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, SMS or Email
More incredible features to come in the next updates.

Our offline maps are provided by OpenStreetMap and enhanced by Karta Software Technologies, with a guarantee of the latest data available and free updates forever.

Some important details we need to let you know:
• When installing the app, make sure your phone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.
• Never let the navigation instructions interfere with your driving.
• Some maps may need large amounts of available storage. Please check your phone storage management for details.
• When using Karta GPS while driving, never hold the phone in your hands. Place it on a standard holder, with a clear sky view.
• Allowing GPS to run in the background for extended periods can lead to a significant reduction in battery life.

Categories: Maps & Navigation

Date: September 21, 2021

Developer: NDrive

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